PXE boot

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August 3, 2010 at 14:26:06
Specs: Windows 7 - server/client, Win2k - client or server, WinXP Pro - server/client, INTEL P3 733MHZ/256MB
Hello,
I'm trying to do a PXE boot of Ubuntu 10.04, 9.10 and Puppy Linux/PCLinuxOS but so far I'm so confused my head is boiling with confusingness (I know - not a word) so maybe you could help me, I got 3/4 computers that I want to boot via ethernet (PXE) and I need to know how to do it, I got a range of different OS's for different systems, old and new computers, and was thinking that if I used my laptop - Windows 7 for a server and other desktops on ethernet (maybe at the same time) then I wouldnt have to install them as they would be running... I really like linux but if your like me who like old pc's and is selling them I dont really want to install and reinstall...

The reason I like old pc's - well,i dont really but if your like me, you sorta get cought on to them by time and you want to use it - but need to sell them then this is the best option, so...

What I Need Help For:
- Booting Linux from windows 7 pro (program easy maybe like tftpd32)

-how it's going to "save" changes

-how to (as in, youtube tutorial or something... Yh I am dumb LOL)

P.S. I know lots about PC's just not network stuff...

P.P.S. Maybe if your so kind I would like to try doing this but as the old pc as server and windows 7 laptop to run xp via ethernet??? Plus, it will only be a program on the PC wont it? so if it's on the selling one I can just delete it...

Windows 7 Pro - 2gb 2.10ghz amd, wireless
Win2k Pro - 733mhz P3 256mb 40gb ethernet
Windows XP Pro - Celeron 2ghz 512mb 123gb ethernet


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#1
August 3, 2010 at 15:07:57
Do you have a pxe server?

Lots of how to's out there concerning multibooting linux and MS
Have no idea what you mean by save changes
Concerning tutorials, you may wish to start with one about using search engines. There is a ton of info on the web if you know how to search for it.


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#2
August 3, 2010 at 19:44:52
follow up

done a tutorial but updated it in order off ubuntu but gets stuck at nfsmount:

Begin: trying nfsmount -o nolock -o ro 192.168.0.30:/mnt/Media/nfs_root/livei386 /cdrom ...

(minute later...)

connect: Connection timed out

Any Ideas? I'm so close...


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#3
August 3, 2010 at 19:45:32
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#5
August 4, 2010 at 03:37:40
this is my configuration (defualt from pxelinux.cfg)

DISPLAY boot.txt

DEFAULT 1

LABEL 1
kernel live_i386/vmlinuz
APPEND root=/dev/nfs initrd=live_i386/initrd.lz boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=192.168.0.30:/mnt/Media/nfs_root/livei386

PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 175

(defualt for old config...)

DISPLAY boot.txt

DEFAULT 1

LABEL 1
kernel live_i386/vmlinuz
APPEND root=/dev/nfs initrd=live_i386/initrd.gz boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=192.168.2.255:/mnt/Media/nfs_root/livei386

PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 175
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so i copied and pasted but changed config cause on ubuntu 10.04 its initrd.lz not initrd.gz....
it stops at nfs root - the ip address 192.168.0.30 is the servers location - is that correct???

tried ubuntu communitys tftpd32 guide but doesnt work at-all???

i could change the ubuntu to 9.10 or pclinux or something?


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#6
August 4, 2010 at 17:16:00
kernel intrepid-i386/vmlinuz
append boot=casper netboot=nfs fsroot=192.168.2.200:/srv/tftpboot/intrepid-i386/mnt initrd=intrepid-i386/initrd.gz --

something like this maybe? The only time I have used nfs is with knoppix terminal server. It did everything.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#7
August 6, 2010 at 06:48:36
Sorry, didnt need it in the end, what i did was use freenas to produce the cd, cause it was trying to mount, so i directed it to the cd by mounting it on freenas and then on the free nas selected all the nfs, tft and smb (samba) it did it, connected and access was granted although it was slow... probs cause it being accessed by a cd, but i did it and im proud!!! cant believe i can be so dumb at times just cause a obvious stuff lol, but it happens....
so let me show u my defualt file....

DISPLAY boot.txt

DEFAULT 1

LABEL 1
kernel live_i386/vmlinuz
APPEND root=/dev/nfs initrd=live_i386/initrd.lz boot=casper netboot=nfs nfsroot=192.168.0.02:/mnt/Ubuntu

PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 17

192.168.0.2 - the freenas server...
192.168.0.2:/mnt/Ubuntu - mounted in data management place, named cd Ubuntu, granted access and BAM it worked, although it was slow it would obviously be advised to do it from the hard drive.

Thanks for giving me help, if any? lol anyways
Good Luck to anyone looking
Davey607


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